Swede Midge

lynda22(z4b ON)July 10, 2006

Our collards are not doing so well. From our research it appears to be swede midges. The plant heads (the new growth) is mishapened and curled.

Since this is a fairly new "import" to Canada, has anyone had any experience with it? How can we get rid of it? Should we just give in and cut down the collards and replant with a different plant? We were considering cutting off the affected tops and covering with a mosquito net. But we wondered about the larvae, wouldn't it just trap them in? A smorgasborg for them!

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bonniepunch(USDAz4 AgCanz5a)

Floating row covers might be the best way to prevent them from laying their eggs, but you'd have to use them from the early spring on. This year might be a bust for your collards :-(.

If I were you, I would avoid growing any related crops for a couple of years, to let the current crop of pests complete their life cycle and move on. Then you can grow them under the floating row covers from day one and that ought to control them. Or, if you have an available area somewhat removed from your current collard growing area, you could plant there next year, and use the row covers. Let the infested area grow something else for now.


    Bookmark   July 10, 2006 at 6:51PM
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lynda22(z4b ON)

thanks BP for your response. I expected that that would be the case. How disappointing! Our lizard (who loves collards!) will be even more disappointed! I guess we'll give them up for a few years and try again later.

happy gardening!

    Bookmark   July 11, 2006 at 7:12AM
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